Monday finish in store in Singapore, where Scott leads Poulter by three

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Adam Scott is 10 holes away from his third victory at Sentosa Golf Club.
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Published: Sunday, November 14, 2010 | 12:10 p.m.

Adam Scott has a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the suspended final round of the Barclays Singapore Open. The $6 million tournament, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour, was delayed 5 hours by thunderstorms on Sunday and will be completed Monday.

Scott is a two-time champion at Sentosa Golf Club. He was 3 under in his final round and 17 under on the tournament after leading by one stroke following Saturday's third round.

Defending champion Ian Poulter of England was in second place, also after eight holes, with South Korea Kang Kyung-nam a further stroke back after eight.

Masters champion Phil Mickelson had completed 13 holes and was 4 under on the tournament and 2 under in his final round.

Thunderstorms also delayed play for four hours during Thursday's first round.

After Sunday's delay, Scott returned to birdie the fourth hole before adding two more birdies on Nos. 6 and 8.

"I had a bit of momentum going with three birdies after coming back from the rain delay, so it was a bit of a shame that I had to stop," Scott said. "I would love to have kept playing."

With 10 holes left, Scott is not taking his lead for granted.

"I'm thinking of the victory -- not (of) winning it three times. A lot can happen because it is a tough back, nine but I would love to go out and play really rock solid and not let anybody have a chance."

After the suspension, Poulter resumed play with a birdie on the fourth hole. However, the Englishman dropped a shot on the seventh hole.

"It was a long and a bit of a frustrating day to have to sit around for five hours," Poulter said. "But when we got back out on the golf course I hit a lot of good golf shots and just missed a couple of putts from 8 feet which would have had me right there with Adam."

A final-round shootout was in store on Sunday, and Poulter and Kang drew level with Scott when both players birdied the third before the rain came. Poulter then almost holed his first shot after the break -- his third into the par-5 fourth -- and both he and Scott picked up shots to move clear of Kang on 15 under with the Korean only managing a par.

Worse was to follow for Kang as he bogeyed the next to fall off the pace. A birdie for Scott saw the 30-year-old regain the outright lead and when Poulter dropped a shot at the seventh, the Australian ruthlessly exploited the slip by knocking his tee shot at the par-3 eighth to around three feet and establish a three-shot cushion when play was called off for the day due to darkness.

Graeme McDowell was in a tie for fourth on 12 under par through nine holes, a birdie at the sixth helping the Northern Irishman recover from two disappointing bogeys in three holes that had followed a 2 at the par-3 second.

He was joined by Denmark’s Anders Hansen, who was 1 under for his round after eight holes, while Jamie Donaldson was part of a five-strong group on 10 under with the Welshman playing the front nine in an even-par 36.